In Jeremy Hunt’s sham apology he claims, “There are more beds available across the system”. Not in North Staffordshire there aren’t! When our new hospital, now called the Royal Stoke, was built it had 300 beds less than what we had in the old hospital. Since then, over the last two years, more than 100 beds have also been closed across all five of our local hospitals (see below for more info). Not surprising then that Dr. Richard Fawcet, a consultant at the Royal Stoke, tweeted on 3 January, “As and A&E consultant, I personally apologise to the people of Stoke-on-Trent for the third worldRead More →

McDonald’s strikers have won the biggest pay rise at the company in 10 years! As the worker quoted by the Mirror says: “WE WON THIS. Biggest pay rise for 10 years! If 0.001% going on strike can win this imagine what more can do!” Fantastic result for the BFAWU bakers union and low-paid workers everywhere. Unionise and organise for the same results across the sector and beyond. http://www.mirror.co.uk/…/mcdonalds-staff-cry-victory-final… Checkout the support given locally to the campaign of McDonalds workers hereRead More →

Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary “Biggest fall in living standards for a generation.” “Sharp rise in child poverty as cuts bite.” “700,000 young people and pensioners join ranks of Britain’s poor in four years.” “Stoke proposes £1,000 fine for homeless using tents.” “Budget signals longest squeeze on living standards since 1950s.” “OECD: Britain state pension is worst in the developed world.” “Nursing ‘in peril’ as number of student applications falls below 18%.” “Food banks stock up as reforms to welfare add to fears of cold winter.” These are just some of the recent headlines gleaned from the capitalist press, as they regale us dailyRead More →

The miners of Karaganda have halted their strike for the moment. Those who occupied the pits have come to the surface. There has been a decision agreed through a special court to suspend the action as the life and health of the strikers underground were in danger. Negotiations are continuing. A big victory has also been that the authorities have  withdrawn their threat to prosecute the activists. They had begun a lawsuit against the strikers for criminal liability but that has been withdrawn. The management still think they can deceive the workers by paying an immediate wage increase of 30% and monthly premiums based onRead More →

On December 15 Stoke Branch of the Socialist Party in England and part of the CWI sent our full support for the heroic struggle being carried out by the miners of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. To President Nursultan Nazarbayev we say ………. * Give the workers what they are demanding or face the consequences! * Stand down and hold genuine democratic elections! * Release all the political prisoners that you are holding in your jails and drop all charges against them! * No administrative punishment for those who support the workers’ cause! TO THE HEROIC MINERS WE SAY ……….. SOLIDARITY TO MINERS IN KAZAKHSTAN! SOLIDARITY TO MINERSRead More →

Stoke Socialist Party member, Jamie Chatfield reports on our campaign to stop our city council’s attempt to persecute the homeless. “The Socialist Party’s campaign against Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s attack on rough sleepers continued to gain support last Friday. Hundreds of people signed our petition calling on the council to withdraw its draconian threat of £1000 on-the-spot fines for rough sleepers and the immediate seizure of their tents. People recognise that these polices are nothing more than a cruel and cynical attempt to move the homeless out of Hanley’s city centre during the busy period of Christmas shopping while the Council bids to win 2021 City ofRead More →

HOMES FOR THE HOMELESS –  NOT PERSECUTION AND FINES! Homelessness and evictions soar under the Tories So why is Stoke-on-Trent Independents/Tories City Council trying to blame homeless people for putting, “people off the city centre?” Are they for real? Haven’t they noticed that it’s ordinary hard working people who are paying through job cuts, low pay, zero-hour contracts and endless destruction of council services? Students in this city are leaving university with debts of £50,000 – has no-one told the council about this? In short, the buying power of working class people and youth in particular has been savagely cut for millions since the economicRead More →

Checkout the initial video of Socialism 2017 here and check out below what members of Stoke Socialist Party had to say about Socialism 2017; Ex pottery worker, Mandy had this to say, “The highlight for me was the main rally on Saturday, what an inspiration our comrades are! Kshama Sawant was absolutely incredible and what our comrades in America have achieved is also incredible.” Teacher Chris told us,  “The best thing about Socialism is the opportunity it provides to discuss and learn from other comrades ultimately making us a stronger force” Staffs Uni student, Connor, “My first Socialism was informative and inspiring. Having MP Ian MearnsRead More →

Stoke Socialist Party is backing Jeremy Corbyn’s call on the government to provide £1 billion in their 22 November budget to ensure that sprinklers are retrofitted in all social housing across the country. We have all witnessed the horror of Grenfell with a minimum of 80 people losing their lives but since then there has also been other fire deaths. On the 1st October in Northwood, Stoke-on-Trent a 36 year old mother and her 6 year old daughter died through smoke inhalation from a fire in the flat below. Her 6 month old daughter remains in hospital fighting for her life. Under pressure from theRead More →

To replace today’s bankrupt capitalism with a genuine socialist system it’s necessary to build a mass movement with the correct leadership. The Socialist Party is the most determined and effective socialist organisation in the country. We are part of the Committee for a Workers’ International, the world socialist organisation. Our branches meet every week for inclusive and democratic, political discussion and to organise our forces to work with campaigns, trade unions and activists in our communities and beyond to change the world. see: socialistparty.org.uk Stoke Socialist Party’s programme of political discussions towards the end of the year are as follows;                                                                   .2 November  “100Read More →